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Remote Imaging A Users Perspective January 7, 2010 Frank Barnes III.

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1 Remote Imaging A Users Perspective January 7, 2010 Frank Barnes III

2 Overview: Background Locations & Equipment Locations & Equipment Remote Imaging Challenges Remote Imaging Challenges Software, Hardware, and Tools Software, Hardware, and Tools

3 Background: December 1999, started imaging with a Celestron Nexstar 5 and a December 1999, started imaging with a Celestron Nexstar 5 and a Nikon CoolPix 800 using eyepiece projection. Nikon CoolPix 800 using eyepiece projection. March 2000, bought a Celestron C14 with a CI700 mount and added a March 2000, bought a Celestron C14 with a CI700 mount and added a Astrometrics SkyWalker 2 GoTo system to the mount. Astrometrics SkyWalker 2 GoTo system to the mount. July 2000, started building my observatory in the back yard, and went July 2000, started building my observatory in the back yard, and went operational in November. operational in November. Added various scopes and cameras over the next few years, but the local Added various scopes and cameras over the next few years, but the local light pollution grew by leaps and bounds and I had to start looking for a light pollution grew by leaps and bounds and I had to start looking for a better dark site. better dark site.

4 Background: October 2004, I attended the first AIC (Advanced Imaging Conference), October 2004, I attended the first AIC (Advanced Imaging Conference), and there I met Steve Mandel, the conference founder, and an amateur and there I met Steve Mandel, the conference founder, and an amateur astronomer working on researching dust clouds. astronomer working on researching dust clouds. I started helping Steve gather the images for that project by running the I started helping Steve gather the images for that project by running the equipment located at New Mexico Skies, and two years later, I bought the equipment located at New Mexico Skies, and two years later, I bought the equipment from him and still do research with Professor Adolf Witt at the equipment from him and still do research with Professor Adolf Witt at the University of Toledo. University of Toledo. Steve and I partnered in 2007 and put equipment in one of the Steve and I partnered in 2007 and put equipment in one of the observatories at Sierra Remote Observatories about 45 miles outside of observatories at Sierra Remote Observatories about 45 miles outside of Fresno, Ca in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Fresno, Ca in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

5 Background: 1 year later, Steve changed directions and I bought out his half of the 1 year later, Steve changed directions and I bought out his half of the equipment at SRO. equipment at SRO. I later added a second scope and mount to the SRO observatory and that I later added a second scope and mount to the SRO observatory and that brought the total to 5 systems that are usually running every night that is brought the total to 5 systems that are usually running every night that is clear at each location. clear at each location.

6 Locations & Equipment: Twinoaks Observatory - Rock Hill, SC. My first observatory, located in my back yard. My first observatory, located in my back yard. Definition – Remote Local : Easily accessible by you during an imaging Definition – Remote Local : Easily accessible by you during an imaging session to handle any situation that may arise. session to handle any situation that may arise.

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10 Locations & Equipment: Mayhill, NM. Mayhill, NM. New Mexico Skies Pod 2. New Mexico Skies Pod 2. Definition – Remote Manned : Easily accessible by on site personnel Definition – Remote Manned : Easily accessible by on site personnel during an imaging session to handle any situation that may during an imaging session to handle any situation that may arise. arise.

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15 Locations: Blue Sky Observatory (Near Shaver Lake, Ca.) Sierra Remote Observatories - Obs 5. Sierra Remote Observatories - Obs 5. Definition – Remote Unmanned: Accessible by remote personnel based Definition – Remote Unmanned: Accessible by remote personnel based on the seriousness of the emergency. May take some time on the seriousness of the emergency. May take some time for them to arrive on site. for them to arrive on site.

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22 Remote Imaging Challenges: Power Failure Power Failure UPS - sized large enough to close your roof, clam, or slot UPS - sized large enough to close your roof, clam, or slot and run your communications, computer(s), and and run your communications, computer(s), and equipment for an orderly shutdown. equipment for an orderly shutdown. APC Smart 3000, APC Smart 2200 APC Smart 3000, APC Smart 2200 Generator Generator Kohler 12RES (12KW Natural Gas)

23 Remote Imaging Challenges: Weather Failure Weather Failure Must be able to detect changing conditions that would warrant a Must be able to detect changing conditions that would warrant a need to end or pause your imaging session. need to end or pause your imaging session. Clouds (Sky Temperature) Clouds (Sky Temperature) High winds High winds High Humidity High Humidity Loss of feed from weather detector Loss of feed from weather detector Boltwood II Cloud Sensor Boltwood II Cloud Sensor

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27 Remote Imaging Challenges: Equipment Failure Equipment Failure Must be able to recover from a software failure and/or a hardware Must be able to recover from a software failure and/or a hardware failure. failure. Remotely re-boot your computer system(s) Remotely re-boot your computer system(s) Power cycle mount, cameras, hubs, etc Power cycle mount, cameras, hubs, etc Need notifications if/when these failures occur Need notifications if/when these failures occur Roof override system Roof override system Remote Eyes Remote Eyes Internet Webcam Internet Webcam Toshiba IK-WB01A_11A Toshiba IK-WB01A_11A

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31 Remote Imaging Challenges: Bugs Bugs They can get into anything and cause a great deal of damage. They can get into anything and cause a great deal of damage. Spiders can be most destructive Spiders can be most destructive

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34 Software, Hardware, and Tools : Software Software TheSky6 Pro TheSky6 Pro Scripting interface Scripting interface Can control a large number of mounts Can control a large number of mounts Can setup FOVI for a large number of camera/scope combos Can setup FOVI for a large number of camera/scope combos Comes with multiple star catalogs and object databases Comes with multiple star catalogs and object databases Supports Image linking for accurate telescope positioning Supports Image linking for accurate telescope positioning Supports multiple locations Supports multiple locations Interfaces with TPoint for improved telescope pointing Interfaces with TPoint for improved telescope pointing

35 Software, Hardware, and Tools : Software Software CCDSoft / Maxim DL CCDSoft / Maxim DL Scripting interface Scripting interface Can control a large number of cameras Can control a large number of cameras Has the ability to take multiple images Has the ability to take multiple images Supports a number of Filter Wheels Supports a number of Filter Wheels Drives the guiding camera for long exposures Drives the guiding camera for long exposures Supports Image linking with TheSky6 (CCDSoft) or with PinPoint Supports Image linking with TheSky6 (CCDSoft) or with PinPoint (Maxim DL) (Maxim DL) Interfaces with TPoint for automated map building Interfaces with TPoint for automated map building

36 Software, Hardware, and Tools : Software Software Automated Focusing - FocusMax Automated Focusing - FocusMax Supports a wide range of motorized Focusers Supports a wide range of motorized Focusers Builds a profile of your imaging train and uses that to obtain Builds a profile of your imaging train and uses that to obtain excellent focus (V Curve) excellent focus (V Curve) Has a scripting interface Has a scripting interface Is compatible with CCDSoft and Maxim DL Is compatible with CCDSoft and Maxim DL

37 Software, Hardware, and Tools : Software Software Remote Automation Remote Automation CCDAutoPilot4 CCDAutoPilot4 CCD Commander CCD Commander ACP ACP Write your own Write your own

38 Software, Hardware, and Tools : Software Software Remote Control Remote Control UltraVNC UltraVNC Radmin Radmin Remote Desktop Remote Desktop PC Anywhere PC Anywhere

39 Software, Hardware, and Tools : Hardware Hardware Remote Power Control Remote Power Control Baytech Baytech RPC3DE-15 RPC3DE-15 Web Power Switch Web Power Switch Web Power Switch II Web Power Switch II

40 Software, Hardware, and Tools : Hardware Hardware UPS UPS APC APC APC Smart-UPS 3000VA USB & Serial 120V APC Smart-UPS 3000VA USB & Serial 120V

41 Software, Hardware, and Tools : Hardware Hardware Remote Control Relays Remote Control Relays Web Relays Web Relays WebRelay & WebRelay Dual WebRelay & WebRelay Dual Web Cam Web Cam Toshiba Toshiba IK-WB15A IK-WB15A

42 Software, Hardware, and Tools : Hardware Hardware Weather Monitoring Weather Monitoring Boltwood Cloud Sensor Boltwood Cloud Sensor Boltwood II Boltwood II Davis Weather Station Davis Weather Station Vantage Pro2 Vantage Pro2

43 Software, Hardware, and Tools : Tools Tools CCD Navigator 2 CCD Navigator 2 AutoMapper II AutoMapper II Filezilla – FTP Server Filezilla – FTP Server

44 Remote Setups and Protection Review: Adequate Power and good backup Power Remote Power control for all devices Good/Fast network connection Good reliable roof controller w/overrides Weather monitor – i.e.: Boltwood II or equivalent

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